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Annual college soccer showcase set for Memorial Day weekend

The College Soccer Showcase Camp, an annual effort to put DODEA-Europe soccer prospects in front of stateside college coaches and scouts, will be held May 28-30 at Sportschule Bitburg in Germany. The school is located at Charles-Lindbergh-Allee 12 in Bitburg, about a 20-minute drive from Spangdahlem Air Base.

The camp, founded by Ramstein boys soccer coach Dominik Ludes, has helped a number of DODEA-Europe standouts earn spots on NCAA rosters over its three years in operation. Colleges scheduled to attend this year’s edition include Dubuque, Northern Kentucky, Albany, North Carolina Wesleyan, Maine Maritime Academy, Indiana University-Purdue, Hawaii Pacific, Virginia Military Institute, United States Military Academy, the Naval Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy.

Stuttgart wrestler Spencer earns All-America honors

DODEA-Europe champion and reigning Stars and Stripes wrestling Athlete of the Year Eli Spencer is now also an All-American.

Spencer earned this latest accolade last weekend at the 27th annual National High School Coaches Association National Wrestling Championships, held April 1-3 in Virginia Beach, Va. Spencer, a Stuttgart senior, wrestled at 182 pounds and finished fourth in a field of 49 wrestlers from 23 states, including multiple state champions. The top eight finishers in each weight class received the coveted All-American distinction.

Wrestling teams assigned to DODDS-Europe sectional meets

The 20 teams comprising DODDS-Europe’s far-flung wrestling ranks have been sorted into three sectional meets for Saturday’s opening round of the postseason. Wrestlers advancing through this weekend’s meet will secure spots in the European championship meet set for Feb. 19-20 in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Lakenheath, last year’s runner-up at the Division I level, will play host to the northern sectional. Regional neighbors AFNORTH, Alconbury, Brussels and SHAPE will join the Lancers, while Rota’s small squad will make the trip up from Spain, and Wiesbaden will journey north from Germany.

New look, new locations for holiday hoops tourney

The holiday boys basketball tournament traditionally held at Stuttgart each winter will shift this year to the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

The three-day tournament opens Saturday, Dec. 19 at Ramstein. Ramstein and Kaiserslautern will split hosting duties over the next two days, culminating in a championship game set for Monday, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. at Ramstein.

Peers name Stuttgart’s Ratcliff European football coach of year

The European American Football Coaches Association has selected Stuttgart Panthers coach Billy Ratcliff as its 2015 Coach of the Year.

Ratcliff led the Panthers to a surprise Division I championship this fall, the first in the history of the program known until this season as Patch. The title was a breakthrough after a string of playoff disappointments in recent years, mostly at the hands of archrival Ramstein.

Hodge helps junior college to regional title

Jourdan Hodge, a former multi-sport star at Lakenheath and the 2014 DODDS-Europe Female Athlete of the Year, has found success at the next level. Hodge last week wrapped up an impressive volleyball run at Monroe College, a two-year school in New York competing in the National Junior College Athletics Association.

Hodge appeared in 40 matches and played 108 sets for the Mustangs in her recently-completed sophomore season, posting 89 kills and 56 blocks on the year while helping the Mustangs to a 38-3 overall record.

Field announced for DODDS-Europe tennis championships

DODDS-Europe Athletic Director Karen Seadore has announced the qualifiers for the 2015 DODDS-Europe tennis championships. The three-day meet runs Thursday through Saturday at sites around Wiesbaden, Germany.

Defending champions Fabian Sandrup Selvik of International School of Brussels and Marissa Encarnacion of Stuttgart headline the roster of boys and girls singles contenders, respectively. Each singles field includes 12 players, while each of the boys and girls doubles brackets includes 12 teams.

Thoughts and observations on all six Division I football teams

I took advantage of the unusual opportunity this weekend to watch all six Division I football teams in action over the course of two days. Here are a few things I observed about the programs in watching the three games – Stuttgart at Wiesbaden on Friday night, followed by portions of Lakenheath at Kaiserslautern and Vilseck at Ramstein on Saturday.

Ramstein

The Royals didn’t have much to play for Saturday aside from general pride and the chance to go undefeated. But in a season with less than 10 games, including non-division games and the playoffs, there’s no reason to let up even if the math is already in your favor. To its credit, Ramstein competed and was rewarded with a 20-7 victory on Saturday.

Ansbach to drop to Division III, switch spots with Florence

A minor realignment will send Ansbach from Division II to Division III, DODDS-Europe Athletic Director Karen Seadore announced this week. International School of Florence will move up from Division III to replace the Cougars.

The move will take effect with this fall’s European tournaments, notably the European volleyball tournament starting Nov. 5, and apply to all tournaments for the rest of the school year. The switch has no impact on football, which does not have a Division III; the Cougars are undefeated and pursuing a second straight Division II championship on the gridiron, while Florence doesn’t field an American football team.

Pairings announced for DODDS-Europe golf championship tournament

The field is set for this week’s DODDS-Europe boys and girls golf championship tournament, set for Wednesday and Thursday at Wiesbaden’s Rheinblick Golf Course.

A roster of 16 boys and six girls will participate in the event, the first championship tournament of the 2015-16 DODDS-Europe season. The meet follows a quick three-week regular season that teed off on Sept. 17.

 
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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.


He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.


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Broome on AFN

 

Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the Europe sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file)

 

Mar. 20: Winter sports season comes to an end, with most spring teams still thawing out after a light opening weekend.